Citizens for Sustainable Planning
Started 3 petitions
Say No to Class B Recycling Facility in Bethlehem Township
We, the residents of Hunterdon County, are opposed to the Hunterdon County Freeholders approving the property at 1087 Rt 173 to allow a Class B Recycling facility to be included in the county master recycling plan. This proposed recycling facility is in a mountain residential zone and is a Highlands preservation and protected wetlands area, which feeds water into the wells of our residents and the Spruce Run Reservoir. This area needs to be protected not exploited. There is also no need for this recycling center because there are 3 other Class B recycling centers located in Hunterdon County, one which is only 3.5 miles away from the proposed site. That current site is not over capacity but would suffer financially from another recycling center so close by. Two sites so close together also multiplies the risk to the environment should any contaminants get into the water supply or air, as well as the traffic impacts, noise nuisances, and decreased property values. There is also strong opposition to include the tire recycling due to health and environmental concerns because it is a breeding ground for mosquitoes and a risk of tire fires.
Say No to Concrete Plant Activity Allowed in Residential Zone
We, the residents of Bethlehem Township, request that the Bethlehem Township Zoning Board/Planning Board and Bethlehem Township Committee immediately seek a legal revocation of the non-conforming use on the property of 1087 Rt 173 for industrial use of a concrete operation and all associated uses. This property was granted a non-conforming use in a mountain residential zone, due to the previous use as a quarry and concrete facility. The quarry and concrete usage has been abandoned since at least 2008, over 10years, AND the facility has not been maintained in a capacity that allows it to be usable. Building have been torn down or have fallen down and all concrete batch equipment has fallen into disrepair. Therefore, we consider the previous owners of the property to have abandoned their right to a non-conforming usage. Since it has been so long since the plant was operable, there is a public expectation that there will be no more concrete activity at this site. We believe that there is legal merit and public benefit to the township revoking the non-conforming usage on this property and restoring the mountain residential area of the property to non-industrial and non-commercial zoning and allowable usage. The front portion of the property should remain commercially zoned.
Say No to Bethlehem Township Concrete Batch Plant Mega-Industrial Site
We, the residents of Bethlehem Township, are opposed to all variances being sought by the Hunterdon Concrete site at 1087 Rt 173 in Bethlehem Township. These variances are in opposition to our township master plan and ordinances, which are there to ensure the integrity of our neighborhood properties as well as the environmental safety, traffic safety, and aesthetics of the area. The approval of these variances would allow a defunct quarry to be transformed into a large industrial complex located in a mountain residential zone with noise, trucks, and dust all day long, not to mention the risk of environmental hazards. We ask the Bethlehem Township Planning Board and Bethlehem Township Committee to decline all variances in relation to this property. Please preserve our quality of life.